tv Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Delivers Energy Policy Address CSPAN September 29, 2017 11:36am-12:09pm EDT
february of 1981, he said you've got to take away congress' credit card or else they'll never cut spending. and since cutting spending is an end in itself that has nothing to do with economic growth, they think there's only so much freedom out there. now, if the government gets bigger, we all have less freedom. so slashing government is per se the most moral thing you can possibly do regardless what program because -- except for defense, all spending is waste in the republican playbook. so i think that -- >> we're going to leave the last few minutes of this program, go live to interior secretary ryan zinke. you can see this online anytime at c-span.org. just type ways and means democrats into the search bar. live now to the heritage foundation. you're watching c-span2. >> of conservative values and also for also hiring my good friend kelly stemson.
before we get started, i'd just like to address in the words of general schwartz cop, a little -- schwarzkopf a little b.s. on travel, and i just want to read a little statement for you so you have it. i believe taxpayers absolutely have the right to know official travel costs. it's common sense, and at the department we make those documents and my travel schedule available to everyone. using tax dollars wisely and ethically is the greatest responsibility and at the good heart of good government. and there are times, however, we have to utilize charter services because we often travel in areas and under circumstances that we don't have other flight options. i fly coach. since being sworn in, i've used a charter on three occasions. the first occasion was being
invited on a bipartisan congressional delegation by the senate energy and natural resources committee in the arctic circle. as you know, the alaskan senator, lisa murkowski, is the chair, and i find her company and her invitation to be consistent with the department of energy's or department of interior's policies. number two, flying late at night to the great state of montana on invitation to meet the great governor of the great state of montana and to speak at the western governors' association the next morning. number three, many traveling to and between -- in traveling to and between the islands of the united states virgin islands.
as you are aware, interior has the federal oversight of the territories from the virgin eye lance to palau -- islands to palau, and the virgin islands are part of that. and i was invited and accepted the invitation to be part of their 100th anniversary of transition of power between danes and america. and i was privileged to attend with governor mapp and the prime minister of denmark. i also took military air with secretary per due. so he and i could go out and meet with the wild fire land crews in montana as the fire happen year after year. i might remind you we also lost a firefighter fighting those fires. i also fly military air with the president and the vice president when asked by invitation.
and and i intend to continue flying in the benefit and on official duties. and all this travel was done only after determined by multiple career professionals at the department that no commercial options existed to meet the promulgated schedule. and as importantly the flights were only booked after extensive due diligence by the career professionals in the department's general law and ethics division. every time i travel i submit the travel plan to the ethics department that evaluates it line by line to make sure that i am above the law. and i follow the law. and, of course, we are always continuing to look at ways to lower costs in the department, and also as you'll find out, to increase revenues. and i'll always be honest and up
front about my travel. in fact, you can follow me on twitter. so if you follow me on twitter, you knew that i traveled by suburban from valley forge this morning. so, and now with that aside, let's go to why we're here. energy. as our nation stands today, we're at an energy crossroads, and there are two visions for a our future in energy. one side believes we should retreat into a fortress of regulation and red tape where foreign nations take the lead as america drowns itself in process and procedure. this is not the vision of president trump. going forward, our participation in the global energy market will protect and defend american sovereignty and not surrender it. >> i'm curious, how many calls
have you -- >> our decisions will be guided by our flag and not kneel to anyone. >> [inaudible] >> america is exceptional. add -- this administration and the president believe in american energy dominance, and energy dominance is different than energy independence. our goal is an america that is the strongest energy superpower this world has ever known. our country has inherented an -- inherited an energy-dependent country from recent generations, and in recent years we've struggled to be self-sufficient in producing low cost, abundant and reliable energy. but a new era is dawning with american leadership, innovation and good ideas. our challenge will be to pass energy dominance on to our children and grandchildren.
under president trump we'll put america first. and we'll put -- >> [inaudible] >> -- america's possibility first. as the chief steward of our public lands -- >> [inaudible] >> -- my job is to make sure that all americans have a voice. that all americans have a voice. and i hear that voice loud and clear. our government must restore the promise of our energy economy for a stronger, more secure america. and i can assure you today that the war on american energy is over. to end this war and bring back the american dream to every american family, we have to restore trust in our federal government. and you may be wondering why the secretary of interior is here speaking today about energy. interior's portfolio is vast.
it stretches 12 or 10 time zones from the virgin islands to palau, and it includes one-fifth of our nation's territories. nine of the department's ten bureaus have significant energy programs and responsibilities. and these programs include oil, gas, coal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. with this extensive portfolio, we have a responsibility to be fair and transparent with our job-creating energy sector, but that's not how our government has operated in the last eight years. permitting applications often sat on the desk of regulators in washington for months and months, and in some cases years. meanwhile, local economies suffered as a focus on bureaucracy over prosperity delayed jobs and prevented wealth that american energy
promised to bring. with president trump in office, we're looking at how we can be a better business partner with industry, and we're finding ways to get to yes white house sacrificing -- to get to yes without sacrificing our stewardship responsibilities. one of our biggest problems with permitting process has been how many bureaus and agencies had to independently evaluate and sign off before a project was approved. the system was broke. and let me give you an example. if you have a trout and a salmon in the same stream and upstream you have a dam or a lock and downstream the waters are used for irrigation, well, the salmon are managed by the department of commerce, the trout is managed by fish and wild life through interior -- wildlife through interior. upstream the dam water flows and temperature is managed by our friends at the army corps of engineers, and downstream the
irrigation is managed and controlled by bureau of reclamation. each of these government entities have great people, but each of them oftentimes through their own biological opinion, you'll have four opinions, and two of them will not be reconcilable. we're going to fix this problem at interior by changing the structure and learning how to be joint. our government needs to learn to work together. the bureaus within interior and our brothers and sisters in the other agencies need to learn to work better, to be responsive to the people we serve, and that's america. and this is how we fight fires out in the west, and this is how the military operates, so it's nothing new. it's a straightforward, and this is how we're going to get to yes. with our joint model, we can actually show the government can work together, and we can also incorporate state and travel
interests at the beginning of the process to improve collaboration, consultation and coordination. i've long believed that our government makes too many top-down decisions without giving the people on the ground in local communities a greater voice. that stops with this administration. we're streamlining the process to make sure it's fair and consistent and not arbitrary while protecting the safety of our american workers, protecting our public lands and making sure we protect the values that have made america greatment. -- great. the trump administration will not streamline at the expense of security. we will not streamline at the expense of the environment. we will not streamline at the expense of safety. we will streamline at the expense of getting the job done as america expects us to do.
we're committed to better cooperation and partnership with industry to expand responsible development while holding our industry partners absolutely accountable to strict safety and environmental standards. we'll welcome innovation rather than creating regulation that prevents it. regulation should be ground on science -- grounded on science and careful analysis and not agenda and ideology. and that's why this administration is reducing punitive regulations that have stagnated our economy, and we are cutting the annual regulatory agenda by over 50%. this is a national imperative. so why is energy important in the first place? really with me it's three reasons. first is the environment. as many of you know, i'm a great admirer or teddy roosevelt. i think he had it right.
i don't believe our public lands should be sold or transferred. i do believe our public lands are for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. and it's better to produce energy here under reasonable regulations than watch it get produced overseas with none. as a navy seal, i've been to a lot of countries in my life, and if you want to watch how energy is produced without regulation and the consequences that has, you know, i invite you to take a tour with me to the middle east and africa. i can a assure you -- assure you, america leads the world in innovation, the regulation to make sure our energy is done right. period. and we're the model for the world. the second is national security. america's strength relies on american energy. and i don't want to see us ever be held hostage to a foreign
country to heat our homes and to power this nation. on a personal note, i don't want to ever see your children have to fight overseas for a commodity we have here. i've been to battle, and i never want your children to see what i've seen. and if we can produce energy here with responsibility, that is a better course. and frankly, as a former military officer, i'm concerned. i'm concerned about iran. i'm concerned about their development of ballistic missiles and nuclear capability. and iran is a grave threat. it is better to have options to address iran economically and not just militarily.
and that economic leverage of being able to supplant every drop of crude that iran produces is a leverage. and energy dominance is part of that. and finally, american prosperity. you know, jobs matter. and it's the social cost of not having a job. hard working americans deserve to have a future, and they deserve to have an opportunity to obtain the american dream. and when america removes our resources through moratoriums and bans, it's not the political class of washington that suffers. it's the hard working men and women who get laid off from their jobs, it's communities across the country that fall into despair and local businesses and opportunities diminish for all americans.
trillions of dollars in american wealth and millions of jobs have been moved overseas as our politicians here at home have turned their back on america's potential for energy dominance. and it's time to stop the bleeding. it's time to put america first. youunder president trump americn energy mined and produced by american hands will make america great again. american energy dominance will require an all-the-above energy strategy. all the above. it's not just oil and gas and coal. but through innovation, advances in technology, energy can be the benefit of all of us. and one of the hardest places hit in the last administration
was in west virginia. and eight months ago west virginians had lost hope. mines were closing, jobs were being ripped away. but under this administration, west virginia is roaring back. we recently celebrated the opening of the berwin mine which brought back economic security and hope. in fact, in the first quarter of 2017 west virginia was second in the nation in gdp. out west local communities like in my home state of montana, you know, sincere hurt. i come from a railroad and timber town. if you want to see small towns get stripped, no jobs, the
elderly, kids can't come home, it affects a lot of small communities. but i can tell you the administration's war on coal and mining and timber and the ability for a local community to have opportunity and to use our public lands for wealth but responsibly, that's over. one of my first actions as secretary of interior were to reverse the ban on coal leasing on our public lands. and it's no surprise that mining was up 20% nationally in the first quarter. in gdp now, it stands at 3.1% this quarter. 3.1% this quarter. and we're also making progress in oil and gas. the trump administration has offered more onshore oil and gas leases in the first six months
of 2017 than the previous administration did in all of 216. we've held the first successful sale in the cook inlet, and i'm pleased to say in the gulf of mexico we're going to announce our oil and gas leases will be greatly expanded. under previous administrations 94% of our offshore was made off limits. and this includes our resources in the great state of alaska. under president trump's leadership, we've initiated a five-year plan to open up more areas for oil and gas exploration and development. and the road to energy dominance goes through the great state of alaska. earlier this year we had our first -- again, our first -- successful bid in the cook inlet in over 20 years. i can tell you with one-third of the alaskan work force employed
by the oil and gas industry, shutting off resource development has been devastating. i've signed a secretarial order or to review our policies on development in the national petroleum reserve in alaska as well as the 10 to 02 -- 1002 section of the north slope that was specifically set aside by congress to evaluate. specifically set aside by congress to evaluate. in doing seismic operations and looking at doing the inventory of what this nation has is the responsibility of the department of interior. and i take it seriously. i also take it seriously to make sure that we have a proper balance between conservation and using our public lands wisely. just before i went to alaska and signed my secretarial order, i went with the mayor of the alaska north slope bureau. and he expressed to me in no
uncertain terms how positive this nation has been on the native alaskans and the state's rural population. the last administration turned their back on these patriotic and enormously proud people. and i can tell you as department of interior secretary, they had the right to make their own decisions. and nobody loves our public lands more than i. i grew up in montana, the foothills of glacier national park, and that's why i'm glad to see advances in technology. they're opening up new possibilities that didn't exist before. the pads are smaller in footprint. directional drilling and gps technology are allowing us to do things that we never thought was possible.
i'm a former geologist. i say "former," because when i went to school, i was taught that we were going to be out of oil in 2003. and there was peak oil. that's not possible with fracking. but we have better computing, we have better precision, and we can do it right. i've seen fracking improve where higher pressures and temperatures are producing greater energy yields, and the process is safer. and in many cases, within two or three inches at 10,000 feet with a horizontal of miles. i've said time and time again this administration does not pick winners and losers. we don't. i've also looked at exciting technologies and see progress
being made in renewables, in cleaner energy like wind, solar and hydropower. and those are equality important. but they also have to be market-driven and at a cost point where they're competitive. some of that is investing in more research and development. we're close on some breakthrough technologies in battery storage. but until we are, we have to use the resources we have. i tell you, we're going to probably be this year number one in oil and gas. and next year we will likely be a net exporter in liquid natural gas. and that's the first time in 60 years. and our nation will continue, i am convinced, to increase market share, and we have a great opportunity to fuel the world.
in stewardship of our public lands, i take seriously. and i understand that our public lands are our greatest treasures. i think we should manage our public lands for the benefit and enjoyment of the people. and if you've ever been to yellowstone national park, that's what it says in the arch, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." and this means that energy development and hunting and fishing and camping and habitat and protection and other forms of outdoor recreation are all part of conservation. and the american conservation ethic is using best science and best practices. and using the land for the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run. that's the american conservation ethic. ..
year of revenue. when i look at our national parks, $11.5 billion behind in maintenance and repair, our wildlife system, about $3 billion behind in needed maintenance and repair. on scale a loss of $15 billion in revenue would've made up an entire backlog of maintenance and given us the significant opportunity to reinvest and recapitalize and a lot of areas we need in one year. that's the scale of what occurs. and that's a consequence of putting 94% of our offshore holdings off-limits. and even making the national petroleum reserve on available
for exploration and development. and i think a renewed focus on working together with industry can and should benefit our parks and our public lands as we address how the nation can fund our parks. as a military officer i'll restart our government has two principal responsibilities. one is to fund the military. and the other to fund our national parks. our national parks are not a republican or democrat or independent issue. they are a national, an american issue, and they are worthy of our support as americans. so our solemn obligation, my solemn obligation as secretary
of interior is to take better care of those treasures, and to maintain them as a great nation should. so the american comeback story i think has waited too long to be written. and with president trump and office, our country is winning again eric and energy, quite frankly is driving the bus. i think we will shoulder to shoulder as united american people, and we should be proud that our country was given the resources and energy we have, and we should be proud that our energy industry is innovative as they are. and with stronger infrastructure and a new approach to energy development, i think jobs return to this country, and america truly will be great again.
[inaudible conversations] >> that wraps up interior secretary sankey remarks to the heritage foundation. if you missed any of this event it will be available shortly to view online at c-span.org. some news on secretary zinke. during the speech addressed reports of excessive travel on charter flights. some news on that, the "washington post" writes today, injury secretary ryan zinke chartered to fly from las vegas to near his home in montana
border point out what oil and gas executives interval documents show. the flight along with private flights during a trip to the virgin islands could propel him into the growing debate over the cost of travel by cabinet secretaries, some of whom have chosen extensive charter jets and military planes at high expense to taxpayers over the cheaper option of flying commercial. the flight cost taxpayers $12,375 according to into your department spokeswoman. commercial flights run daily between those two airports and charge as little as $300. that today from the "washington post." join us tomorrow for the march for racial justice taking place in washington. african-american and indigenous groups to march from capitol hill asked the justice department to the national mall for speeches calling for equality. scheduled speakers include the leaders of a number of native
american and minority activist organizations. live coverage starts at 2:30 p.m. eastern over on c-span. next week former chair and ceo of equifax richard smith testifies before a couple of congressional committees about the companies recent data breach. tuesday will go before the house energy and commerce committee while on wednesday mr. smith testifies before the senate banking committee. live coverage starts both days 10 a.m. eastern on c-span3, online c-span.org, or on the free c-span radio app. finally here's a look at what's that in congress next week. >> jennifer shutt as appropriations a bunch reporter for cq roll call. steve scalise returns to the u.s. house and boy does he have his work cut out county votes next week as the house takes up the republican budget. they pass this on a budget committee in the